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More Church Windows Returned to Keokuk

Oct 6, 2014

The city of Keokuk has received more of the windows removed from a former church this summer.

The city says it has now received 20 windows that were removed from the former church in August.
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Code Enforcement Officer Kathie Mahoney said twelve windows were returned late Monday afternoon, following an order from District Court Judge Michael Schilling.

A previous order from Schilling, issued last month, netted eight windows on Sept. 24.

The group working to restore the former Unitarian Church near City Hall removed an unknown number of windows in late August.

Christopher Dailey said the group did so to prevent them from being damaged when a new roof is installed.

Judge Schilling ruled the group did not have permission to enter the building, which had been deemed unsafe to enter, so the windows would have to be returned.

That prompted the return of the eight windows, but the city said it knew there were more missing.

It requested Dailey be found in contempt of court, which prompted this latest hearing on Mon., Oct. 6.

The court had previously been made aware that there were windows being stored in a home at the corner of 3rd and High Streets known as the "Cody House."

It was revealed Monday afternoon that the eight windows returned on Sept. 24 did not come from the "Cody House," but rather from a home owned by Dustin Masterson, a location that was never disclosed to the court.

Dailey testified that it "slipped his mind" that the group "brought stuff to (Dustin Masterson's) home," when asked to explain why he did not tell the court about storing items in Masterson's home.

The windows returned Monday afternoon came from the "Cody House."

Judge Schilling expressed his frustration with the proceedings before issuing his order to return all windows by the end of business on Monday.

"I would like to say it is very disappointing to hear testimony from people whose testimony is inconsistent," said Schilling.  He went on to say the court "has grave concern about whether all of the windows will show up."

There has not be an accurate count of how many were removed.

Judge Schilling said he would issue a ruling at a later date on whether Dailey or any other parties should be found in contempt of court for missing an original deadline to return all of the windows.

"We should appreciate the rule of law instead of snubbing their noses at it."